[Marxism] trumping Trump

Ken Hiebert knhiebert at shaw.ca
Sun Oct 16 10:30:39 MDT 2016

Insights from the criminal underworld can be useful as we try to figure something out.  But they can sometimes mislead.  When James P. Cannon was in prison along with other members of the Socialist Workers Party, he had the opportunity to explain his case to other prisoners.  Given their background some of them were trying to puzzle out who was making money out of the SWP's political activity and their imprisonment.

I prefer William of Ockham to Mario Puzo.  Guided by Ockham's razor I believe I have offered the least complicated and most straightforward explanation for these events.

			ken h

On 2016-10-16, at 4:20 AM, Gary MacLennan wrote:

> Hi Ken
> To be honest my politics have been greatly informed by Mario Puzo. I tend to believe that yes there are plots and conspiracies and I think often of the great line 
> “Tattaglia is a pimp. He never could have outfought Santino. But I didn’t know until this day that it was Barzini all along.”
> Life is so much more interesting if you always ask "Cui Bono?  True!
> comradely
> Gary
> On Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 12:57 AM, Ken Hiebert via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
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> Gary MacLennan said (in part):
> I am also intrigued, though, about the tape's journey from obscurity in
> 2005 to world wide status in 2016. I have speculated before that the Bush
> clan must have done a deal, surely, with the Clintons. I haven't seen any
> commentary anywhere on how or why the tape surfaced. It is like *deus ex
> machina*, we are supposed to take it on faith.  Like a leader in the old UK
> Tory Party, we are being asked to believe it just emerged.
> Ken Hiebert replies:
> How many people would have had access to the tape since 2005?
> I don't think it's a stretch to think that ten people would have knowledge of the tape.  It could easily be more.
> When you consider how many millions of people in the US have been angered or alarmed by Trump, it is not implausible that one of those who had access to the tape decided to pass it along to a news organization.
> Given what Trump himself said on the tape and what he has said on the Howard Stern show, I won't be surprised to learn that he has assaulted and demeaned a great many women.  It is in no way surprising that some of these women have come forward after Trump has very publicly denied that he has engaged in such behaviour.
> I haven't turned on my TV yet this morning, so I am some hours behind, but none of these women has reported that they contacted the Clinton campaign.  I don't find it hard to believe that many of them contacted news organizations and in one case (I think) contacted a lawyer.
> How many people in government and in accounting firms had access to Trump's tax returns?  10? 20? 50?
> All it took was for just one of those people to contact a news organization.
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